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FEATURE: Tsai: No tears for a tough fighter

By Chris Wang  /  Staff Reporter

Her advisers also respected her ability to pick up new things quickly. In the latter half of the campaign, her Taiwanese had improved a lot and she was able to enjoy interacting with supporters.

People said crowds at DPP rallies were quieter than before, senior aide Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) said.

“Compared with the past, when they heard but did not listen and all they had to do was chant, Tsai had a special power to make people listen to what she had to say and take those words home with them,” Lin said.

As tough as Tsai is, her feminine side, low-key personality and poise also appealed to voters.

Perhaps it was the intriguing multi-faceted combination of Tsai that boosted her popularity and aroused high expectations that she would eventually win.

Unfortunately, that did not happen, with some analysts suggesting Tsai failed to win because of her vague China policy.

After scoring two defeats in major elections — the other being her campaign for New Taipei City mayor in 2010 — discussion of her next move has begun.

Three days after Tsai asked her aides not to cry on stage “because we have to be mentally tougher than our supporters and opponents” and she told supporters “we shall return,” she announced her intention to set up a new office after she steps down as party leader. Her resignation will take effect on March 1.

“Tsai Ing-wen is not someone who needs consolation,” former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who endorsed Tsai in the election, has said. “She knows what she is doing.”

Tsai will embark on a nine-day “thank-you tour” nationwide starting on Saturday to express her gratitude to voters for their support in the presidential election.

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